Surprises? We’ll have them. Arguments? I anticipate them. When I set out to gather the top 100 teen titles, I anticipated being flooded with far more duplicates. Surely we can agree upon the top 10 teen titles, can’t we? I sent notices via blogs, emails, listservs, and phone calls to generate responses. The unusual aspect of this poll was how diverse the selections were. There were over 300 different titles suggested with many receiving just one vote. Everyone’s vote and ranking was essential to the outcome. If you know and have read every title on this list, I’ll be surprised. Ready? I’m going to tease you with just one title today.
#100 Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. Scholastic Press, 2009 ISBN13: 9780545123266
Publisher’s synaposis: For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf–her wolf–is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again. Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human–or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.
Joni Richards Bodart wrote a booktalk featured on the Scholastic site to help you promote this title.
In a Question & Answer session Maggie confesses: " I would like to say that I was inspired to write Shiver by some overwhelming belief in true love, but here’s my true confession. I wrote Shiver because I like to make people cry. "
Check out Maggie Stiefvater’s page for a wealth of material including the sounds of wolves and an excellent compilation of reviews.
Listen to Maggie read Chapters 1 & 2 here.
Jill S., Powell’s City of Books recommends: I know there’s a ton of competition for the next big book to read after the Twilight saga, and I can guarantee one book that will fill the void: Shiver. Atmospheric, looming with danger, and positively brimming with that impossible romance — I couldn’t put it down. Great gift!
In addition to being an author, Maggie is a musician and an artist. She was able to put all three skills together in her book trailer utilizing hundreds of cut paper objects.
From a review in SLJ by Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY:
Told from alternating points of view, the narrative takes a classic Romeo & Juliet plot and transforms it into a paranormal romance that is beautiful and moving. Readers will easily identify with the strong, dynamic characters. The mythology surrounding the wolf pack is clever and so well written that it seems perfectly normal for the creatures to exist in today’s world. A must-have that will give Bella and Edward a run for their money.
Featured in SLJ’s article Spine-Chilling Stories to Give Teens the Creeps
When you are ready to curl up with a romantic title involving werewolves, pick up Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. It was a hit in our middle school and we are anxiously awaiting the sequel.